Happy New Year!
Thanks for all the feedback, gents (and ladies if I've misidentified any of y'all).
For budget reasons, I'm looking at a Mossberg Maverick 12 ga with a 28" barrel.
I'm of the mind that that will serve me well for HD purposes (I don't plan on going room to room clearing my house, but God forbid I need to use it, I'll be in my house - which I know well - and will have to point it at the bad guy once). But like BigJimP noted, I actually want to take the thing out to use it.
Will a 12 ga 28" barrel be good for trap/skeet/clay?
Will a 12 ga 28" barrel be good for getting into hunting down the road?